Okay, guys. Storm is okay, but like Thage, she can't communicate directly because she's being watched. She seems to be perfectly functional and coherent, though. It just means I've gotta bring Order to her
chaotic way of communicating. I'm not the best at cryptic codes, but I'll do my best, everyone.
With a bit of prodding, I have figured out the meaning of Caesar and Rule of Three. It's very simple- The Caesar Cipher. A very simple and old cipher that just switches letters around. A becomes B, B becomes C, etc. I used this with a factor of 3 on the text I earlier could not identify.
"zkhq zhuh wkhuh wkuhdwv? zkhq zhuh wkhuh olhv? frqqhfw - frqqhfw, frqqhfw, frqqhfw"
"when were there threats? when were there lies? connect - connect, connect, connect."
Gotta keep connecting things. Connect them dots. The trouble is finding all of the dots.
...nothing. That same cipher didn't work on this one. So what does this mean, then? Is this related to the Base part of her comments?
"Base - not as simple, but easy to reach. At the tops of the holly's roots - used all the time."
At first I was thinking of Base-3 encoding, but I couldn't find anything to decode with that, so it may be a dead end. I'm not going to forget about it right away, though. So what does "base" refer to? The tops of my roots, the base of the holly tree? I'm not sure what that means- Are we talking physical or abstract? My only thought would be my computer, but I'm not sure.
The seventeenth of this month, obviously. I'm supposed to "look back" and notice something. I've looked back on Storm's blog, and found the entries "What is happening?" and "Sokar". I've already decoded everything on Sokar (I think), which leaves "What is happening?" Try as I might, I can't seem to find anything useful on that entry, except for possibly the decrease in C.A.'s posts that Storm could see, and I have no idea where to go with that.
I also checked 01-17 on my own blog. On the 17th, I posted "I finished" and "A big mess". The latter has nothing of interest (probably), but the former has two pictures of my room. This may be where I can find the "base"- the tops of my roots, used all the time. I see my computer, of course, which I'm on all the time. It might make sense, but I don't know what it means.
It just occurred to me that I'm assuming the "base" is an object. It may very well be an oft-used code of cipher, but I just don't know.
For good measure, I checked Sammie's and Darby's blogs, but found nothing. Am I looking in the wrong places? I don't know. I need to network with other blogs better. I've only got 6 followers, heh.
That's all I've got at the moment- If anyone has anything to add, do tell.
EDIT: 01-19 - Labels
Stormecho has hinted that there is more to the Japanese labels she's been putting on her entries. Let's take a look at those, shall we?
In "Been a while...": SORAGOTO, meaning "lie". The post mentioned feeling sick and Blogger glitching up. Were either of those lies?
In "2-13": GENJITSU, meaning "actual facts". This post contained the clue "Stickers", as in labels, as well as the word NOTICE.
In "What is happening?": ITSUWARI, SORAGOTO, both translating to "lie." This post mentioned Blogger glitching and Storm being unable to see some of C.A.'s posts.
In "Sokar": GENJITSU, SHINJITSU, both meaning "truth." This post contained-- Hey, I'm seeing the pattern. The posts that were written coherently and in Storm's normal style are labeled as lies, while the ones written in codes were labelled as truths. Hmm. Is this what you wanted me to see, Storm?
So your posts have been categorized into truths and falsehoods, and they are the opposite of what you might expect. Is this to further obscure yourself from forces that watch you?